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Deputy Managing Editor, News & Money

Stacker

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  • Date posted
    March 10, 2024
  • Location
    Remote (US)
  • Apply before
    May 9, 2024
  • Career Level
    Manager

Job Description

Description

Stacker is seeking a Deputy Managing Editor to oversee our News & Money desk.

Our three coverage desks – News, Money and Culture – comprise the core of our storytelling process, and these positions are crucial as the Stacker newsroom takes on more ambitious stories and more diverse storytelling formats. These roles combine people management, project management, and editorial leadership. We’re looking for candidates with world-class editorial judgment, a passion for empowering their reporters, and a record of being a kind and generous collaborator.

The Deputy Managing Editor for Money will oversee a team of data reporters and editors. They’ll work with the Executive Editor to set editorial strategy for their team and the newsroom overall, deciding which beats and stories to invest resources in. They’ll recruit freelancers, edit stories, coach and develop reporters, and more.

Responsibilities:

  • Strategy:
    • Work with the Executive Editor and other Stacker colleagues to develop and articulate an editorial strategy for your desk. That is, decide which beats and story forms to prioritize.
    • Decide how to allocate time and resources within your desk to maximize our journalistic impact and help Stacker meet our business goals.
  • Stories:
    • Lead brainstorms within your desk;
    • Refine and greenlight pitches;
    • Edit stories within your desk.
    • Schedule stories and set deadlines.
    • Assign stakeholders, where applicable, for data analysis, writing and editing.
  • Management:
    • Manage senior editors, writers, and data reporters within your beat;
    • Set and track goals/projects for your immediate reports;
    • Give constructive feedback and coaching;
    • Develop a top-notch freelance network for your desk (recruiting, assigning, building relationships, etc.)

Requirements

Our ideal candidate has:

  • 8+ years of professional experience as an editor in a newsroom, including at least 3 in a managerial capacity
  • Subject-matter expertise within Money and News topics. For Money, those subjects can include, for example: Business, Real Estate, Personal Finance, Economy and Tech. For News, those subjects can include: Politics, Health, Science, Military, and Society.
  • A demonstrated record of working kindly, inclusively, and collaboratively.
  • Excellent editorial judgment and journalistic integrity;
  • Top-notch editing chops. Including:
    • A keen eye for the strongest story angle (and the ability to help a reporter pursue it);
    • The discipline to kill a story without legs;
    • A record of giving feedback on writing, editing, pitching, and story ideation;
    • Proven track record of seeing pieces through from concept to publish.
  • Demonstrated background working with and coaching writers and editors (in-house and freelance) on story scope, deadlines, content strategy, and tactful feedback.
  • Experience editing journalism based on data, research and other empirical evidence, in addition to traditional reporting.

Nice-to-have’s

We don’t expect candidates to check all the boxes above, let alone all the boxes below. But these skills and experiences would make a candidate more appealing and/or more likely to succeed.

  • Experience conceiving, shepherding and editing investigative journalism.
  • More extensive data and/or statistical skills and experience.
  • More extensive data viz skills and experience. For example, experience with JavaScript, D3, or comparable languages/libraries for creating custom visualizations.
  • Experience reviewing and evaluating academic papers to identify and correct methodological flaws.

About the Company

Stacker is a new media company excited by the future of journalism. Every day, our efforts center on developing new and more sustainable ways to produce, distribute, and fund great storytelling that contextualizes our world and drives impact for news publishers big and small. We do this through a number of ways—from our tech-forward storytelling method and freely accessible newswire, to offering a structured avenue for non-publisher organizations to participate and contribute to quality journalism.

Our ultimate mission is to empower the world’s publishers: through a commitment to provide free access to great storytelling and by championing innovation in how journalism is done, we enable our national- and local-scale publishing partners to engage their audiences and focus on their own original reporting.

As a bootstrapped company, we’re a resourceful team focused on building an inclusive, equitable culture around shared values of integrity, ownership, and collaboration. Building for the future is reflected in the way we work: we are remote-first, embrace flexible schedules, and offer competitive benefits and perks including unlimited vacation, an employee equity program, heath & dental coverage, and 401(k) matching.

Stacker is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

Benefits

Employee wellbeing is top of mind for the Stacker team. We offer the following benefits to all team members:

    • Competitive Base
    • Equity Stock Option Program
    • 401k match
    • Full Health & Dental Coverage
    • Fully Remote Team
    • Unlimited PTO
    • 3 Months of Paid Family Leave
    • Annual Team Offsites
    • Monthly Virtual Social Events
    • Awesome & Inclusive team culture!

Stacker is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive newsroom that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage women, people of color, veterans, people with disabilities and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

Stacker is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.